Suu Kyi: Army admission on killings a positive step

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Sittwe: Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation after Myanmar has admitted its soldiers' role in the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims that were found in a mass grave, outside Inn Din, a village in Rakhine State.

After two attacks in last two years each by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, whom government declared as "terrorist organization", the Tatmadaw conducted clearance operations in the northern Rakhine, which drew criticism from overseas, accusing Myanmar's security forces of committed human rights abuses.

Security forces had been conducting a "clearance operation" in the area on Sept.1 when "200 Bengali terrorists attacked using sticks and swords", the military said in a statement posted on the Facebook page of its commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

"The United States is deeply disappointed by today's court decision in Burma to allow prosecution of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under the Official Secrets Act", according to a US State Department statement received here this morning. They are widely called "Bengalis" and are accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh.

More than 600,000 Rohingya, who are not recognised by the Myanmar government as one of the country's many ethnic groups, have fled to Bangladesh since August previous year, when violence between armed Rohingya and Myanmar security forces prompted a severe crackdown.

The European Union and representatives of Muslim nations renewed calls for a broader worldwide investigation into violence in the western state of Rakhine, after the military said on Wednesday its soldiers had killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslim "terrorists" at the beginning of September.

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"Action will be taken against the villagers. and the security force members who violated the rules of engagement according to the law", the statement said. "This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists".

Four members of the security forces also opened fire.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

Human rights groups have denounced systematic state sponsored violence against the religious group and ethnic minority, which includes mass murders, rape, laying landmines, and burning entire villages that has driven more than 655,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.

The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar has refused to accept Rohingya Muslims as a minority group, even though they have lived in the country for generations.

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